Slightly off the original....
Yesterday, I took delivery of a Samsung N140 Netbook, with 2Gb RAM, 250Gb hard drive and 10.2" Screen running 1024x600 Graphics. XP setup. Battery life is promised to be good, apparently. 300 quid delivered.
I have ordered(through my errant child)
DVD_RW external drive
21DbA gain Wifi booster
Laser mini mouse 2 4Gb memory sticks.
4 port Hub
RS232 Serial to USB cable
70 quid all in.
Actisense NMEA Multiplexer around about 100 quid.
I fully intend to use mine as my boat nerve centre, running Software on Board by Digiboat, using C-Map NT+ and C-Max charts through the USB reader.
Will have Navtex engine and AIS to PC, and will take DSC inputs from VHF.
Displays all NMEA data, and normal Depth,Log,Wind info. It will output to Autopilot.
I am retaining the Chartplotter Radar up at the helm.
I havent done this before as the laptop I had used over 4 amps, which was unsustainable.
So, we shall see........should be interesting 2010.
'East Coast Pilot' at www.eastcoastpilot.com 4th Edition now available......